Moments of Gratuitious Grace

”How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut…the sound of the sea…All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.”

-Nikos Kazantzakis

Cooking date with Joe

Hello, dear friend…

Somewhere in the week’s passing moments…

as I was doing nothing particularly special I looked around the cottage and thought how good this day is…

how good it is to be alive...
My SoCal roots-demand pretty flowers
Checking out my She Shed


if it’s raining…to feel the cozy sound of rain…

Pitter patter of rain

I think about how meaningful & good life can be when I take the time to celebrate ordinary moments.

Taking a stroll
Marina on Presidents’ Day
February’s full moon…known as a Super Snow Moon

Those simple things in life which bring the possibility of the moment…

Joe slicing and dicing

Snapping up as much as I can…

Bluebird of happiness
Stir away Joe!
Ready to bake…

those illuminating moments…

when I feel open to all the rhythms of life…


Savoring the desire for awakening…as a hope…a possibility…one which feeds my soul…making contact with an inner life…

Kitchen Art

This, sweet friend, is what makes life precious.💋

A yummy breakfast casserole


This Hashbrown and egg breakfast casserole is a no- fail breakfast recipe that everyone will love. (Joe and I substitute Italian veggie sausage for regular sausage) To make this casserole just mix everything together and bake!

  2. 12 eggs
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 pound ground saugage (cooked)
  5. 1/2 green/red/orange bell pepper (chopped)
  6. 1 cup broccoli (chopped)
  7. 1/2 onion (diced fine)
  8. 1 tomato (diced)
  9. 16 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  10. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a bowl, beat eggs and milk.
  2. Stir in all other ingredients.
  3. Put in greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until well set.


Of course if it makes you happier…😉 You could also use bacon/ham in place of sausage…and serve this topped with salsa & cheese.👩‍🍳

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💘The Power Of Love💘

”Three things will last forever: Faith, Hope, Love…and the greatest of these is Love”

1 Corinthians 13:13

Hello, dear friends…

Hope all is well with you.

Everything is going great here…tickety-boo💘


San Bernardino mountains viewed from the Ontario Airport

I recently returned from a trip to Southern California

During moments of unpacking…

coupled with hours of 💤 napping…

along with what I think I am best at doing…(nesting)

A lovely realization came over me…

A heightened awareness…

that we have all been created for greater things…

to love…and to be loved…

A Love without conditions…or expectations…

bringing peace…

helping each other…

on our journey.

Wishing you…

💕 Love 💕

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Postcards From Paris…Monet’s Gardens



”However big or small your garden is, if you allow nature to touch your spirit, gardening will bring returns of peace, satisfaction, and well being for as long as you continue to wonder the garden path.”

-Norman H. Hanson


Hello, dear friend…





Today we took the train to the delightful village of Giverny…



 where we then hopped on a shuttle to visit Monet’s Gardens.



Joe and I remembered a wonderful cafe from a trip  years before…



and decided to enjoy lunch there before…




Walking the gardens…and touring the magical soulful home of the impressionist artist Claude Monet.



There are many wonderful stories I could share about this day trip…the scent and beauty of the gardens…the people from many walks of life that we crossed paths with…the charm of the home…food…



however what comes to mind is a story I read about this talented impressionist artist Claude spoke about how he noticed this sweet village while looking out a train window… and at that moment made up his mind to move there…so he rented a house which included the area surrounding it. In 1890 he was able to purchase both house and land…amazing



and it was here he created (a home) the gardens he wanted to paint.


Until next time sweet friend…




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Postcards From Paris…The River Seine


Good memories are our second chance at happiness”

Queen Elizabeth II



Hello, dear friend…



I have returned from my… Saturday walk

relaxed a bit…and now headed out for the Seine River cruise.



Since the weather was perfect…and had plenty of time to get there…we decided to walk. However…after about 15 minutes of strolling along we realized that we weren’t as close as first thought so now decided that perhaps we better take a cab.



Oddly there weren’t any available…we started walking faster and faster… a little nervous (p.a.n.i.c.e.d) that perhaps we would miss our cruise.



Between asking a few people for directions…and walking really really fast we did arrive at the river with plenty of time before departure.



Everything worked out.



While we waited to board we struck up a conversation with a couple from New Jersey who were also celebrating their wedding anniversary.















The dinner cruise was…romantic…charming…dazzling from the beginning… passing some of the city’s most fabulous sites and monuments…



resulting in one of my favorite memories.


stay tuned for a visit to Monet’s Gardens



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Postcards from Paris…Antique Garden Fleuriste



“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”

– Audrey Hepburn


Hello, dear friends…


It’s been raining and stormy on the Oregon coast these last few days…however earlier in the week the sun was shining bright and so I ran over to one of my favorite nurseries to see if I could find some pretty colorful flowers to plant in our garden.



Here they are all happily blooming in my window box that sits in front of the cottage window. sweet!



All this enjoyable gardening brought to mind a lovely memory from our Paris trip…



continued from here💕

Upon our arrival back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne we were delighted when the attendant told us about our upgrade to a much nicer and larger room. The room had a wonderful view and before we knew it had settled in for the day.



Later we strolled to a cafe across the street where we ordered french sandwiches. these became my signature go to food



As we enjoyed our meal we began making plans for the following days. Joe thought it would be nice to take a dinner cruise through the River Seine on Saturday evening. great idea Joe!💋



On Saturday morning after breakfast…



I mentioned to Joe that I would like to peruse around the neighborhood…





exploring the fabulous streets…



Joe was concerned that I might not be back in time for the dinner cruise that evening. no worries Joe…there’s plenty of time.😉



During my stroll…



I came across…



a most charming garden shop Antique Garden 



Upon entering this magical space…



It was love at first sight. soulful garden room

















Before I realized it…the afternoon was half over… time to head on back to the hotel and get ready for the evening cruise. As I walked back my thoughts drifted to how I might create a bit of this soulfulness in my own cottage garden when I returned home.



next stop…

cruising the Seine




As you can imagine a trip to Paris inspired me in so many ways. beauty…art…flowers…food




(I altered this recipe by grilling the bread and melting the cheese)




1 small baguette, cut in half

2 ripe tomatoes sliced thinly

3-4 ounces fresh mozzarella

fresh basil leaves

balsamic vinegar




Slice each half of the baguette in half horizontally and spread both sides with pesto. On one side, layer alternately slices of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Top with fresh basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then add the spring mix to the top.


For weeks after returning from Paris I would make these yummy sandwiches. This video is from our first day back…we had terrible jet lag for days…so it was fun to wake up at 2:00 am and  pull out the baguettes and grill.







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